CFANet Archives

March 2013

Volume XIV  No. 3

Always regard with esteem the name you were given;
 with praise and renown that it should endure.

The Editor's Corner

March is Women's History Month
Tell us about the women that played a big part in your
family's ancestry.


 In honor of Women's History Month -

From my Calloway family, here is a song my great aunt, Ermine "Erminie" Calloway, recorded while she was under contract to Thomas Edison in New York City in 1929. Also there is a short recorded conversation with her when she was interviewed for a special show being produced in NYC in 1979. It was a 50 year celebration of the early years of recording.

Why Can't You LoveThat Way?  (.mp3 format)


Editor’s note - I encourage each of you to send in articles for the e-Newsletter. It doesn’t have to be lengthy. It could be some "Callaway/Kellaway" news, a family story, a family photo, a favorite family recipe, results from your family line research, or any item you think would be of interest to our readers. Send them to me, and I will take care of adding them.
I look forward to hearing from you.


Current News


From the President


Our plans for the OCTOBER 2013 gathering are underway. We will be staying at the Orlando Downtown Sheraton. Mark your Calendars for Thursday October 10 - Sunday October 13, 2013. The room rates are $99.00 per night. Here is the hotel web site for reserving your rooms. The WEBSITE has Oct. 9th-12th listed... they list the 12th as LAST NIGHT booked... which is CORRECT.. and the 9th is for early birds- but the MEETING DATES ARE INDEED, OCT 10-13, 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact me. THANKS. Looking forward to ORLANDO. Let's spread the word and make this the best meeting EVER.

Clay Callaway
CFA President
claycallaway at

Callaway Kin Facebook Page

A personalized Web site for Callaway Family Assn occurring (October 9, 2013 - October 12, 2013) has been created for you.

Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from February 21, 2013 to October 13, 2013.

Below you will find the link for your participants to access the site:


Copy and paste the following link into a web browser:

In Memory

We were so sorry to hear of the passing of CFA Lifetime Member, Richard Scott King. We send our condolences to his wife Dianne and all of their family. He will be missed by all.

Richard Scott King
February 14, 1925 - January 25, 2013

Mr. Richard S. King, age 87, of Madison, Indiana entered this life on February 14, 1925 in San Francisco, California. He was the loving son of the late, Sydney Scott and Hazel Froom King. He was raised in Daly City and graduated high school there. Richard was inducted into the United States Navy on June 25, 1943 in Daly City and rose to the rank of Quartermaster Second Class Petty Officer during World War II. He served aboard the USS Reno, a light cruiser, when it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The USS Reno shot down nine enemy air craft and the crew earned three major battle stars on their Pacific Ribbon and two more on the Philippine Liberation Medal granted by the Philippine government. He was honorably discharged on March 10, 1946 in Shoemaker, California also receiving the American Area Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. After the war he attended the University of San Francisco on the GI Bill receiving a Bachelor Degree in Economics. After a long career in the insurance industry he retired in 1993 as the executive vice president of a California Based Insurance Company. Richard was united in marriage on May 16, 1992 in San Diego to Dianne Castoro. He also taught classes at the Insurance Education Association and the Golden Gate College and participated in seminars from Fairbanks, Alaska to Tel Aviv, Israel. He has acted as an insurance consultant on many occasions as well as being an arbitrator in disputes between insurance and re-insurance companies and supplied testimony as an expert witness in several state and federal courts. He was a life member of the Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters and of the Callaway Family Associates. Richard moved to Madison in 1995 and was a past docent at the Costigan House for Historic Madison Inc. and a past member of SCORE. Richard died Friday, January 25, 2013 at 2:18 p.m. at the King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison, Indiana.


Richard will be missed by his wife: Dianne Castoro King of Madison, Indiana; his daughter: Denise Case and her husband, Robert of Spokane, Washington; his son: David King and his wife, Emily of San Diego, California; his step son: Scott Peters of Louisville, Kentucky; his step daughter: Debra Hughes of Arlington, Texas; 7-grandchildren and one great grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sydney Scott & Hazel Froom King.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Donor's Favorite Charity. Cards are available at the funeral home.

~ from the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, Indiana

In Memory
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Allie Melba Calloway Cantley. Our condolences go to CFA Members, Harold and Joe Cantley and all of their family.

Allie Melba Cantley
BORN: January 29, 1918
DIED: February 11, 2013
LOCATION: Crossett, Arkansas

Allie Melba Calloway Cantley, of Crossett, AR, who recently celebrated her 95th birthday, passed away February 11, 2013 at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation. She was born on January 29, 1918 in Laran, Louisiana to her parents Joe Lee and Naughvelle Futch Calloway. Mrs. Cantley was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Lester H. Cantley; a sister Clorine Jones; a brother Clarence Calloway and Allie's twin sister Sallie Ham.

Survivors include four sons, Harold Cantley (Lucy) of Traskwood, AR; Henry Cantley (Shirley) of Cabot, AR; Joe Lee Cantley (Barbara) and Larry Cantley of Crossett, AR; three brothers, Victor Calloway of Boston, MA, Billy Ray Calloway (Eloise) of Crossett, AR, Wayne Calloway of Strong, AR; five sisters, Leola Burns of Strong, AR, Sudie Garner of El Dorado, AR, Martha House (William) of Huntsville, AL, Joann Smiley (Drayton) of Shreveport, LA, Elaine Dees of Hermitage, AR; a sister-in-law, Grace Calloway of Strong, AR; eight grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm, on Friday, February 15, 2013 at Jones Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Harold Cantley and Bro. Mike Cantley officiating. Interment will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, AR. (

Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Thursday at Jones Funeral Home.

Active Pallbearers : Matthew Cantley, Tim Cantley, Terry Hawkins, Aubrey Dunn, Dean Davis, Michael Mills, Jonathan Gosdin and Mike Cantley.

Memorials can be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 83, Crossett, AR 71635

~ from Jones Funeral Home, Crossett, Arkansas

Colonial Times in Giles County Virginia

I would like to thank Fred Lucas for sending us this look at the very early lifestyle for Callaways in Giles Co., VA.

During the colonial period, families such as the Callaways were encouraged to settle in the mountains. They were given land grants from the colonial government. Settlers were not permitted to go beyond the mountains because that was land granted to the Indians. They were given land in the mountain areas and were expected to be a buffer between the Indians and settlers. Life wasn't easy. The usual herbal medicines had been used to combat diseases such as influenza, diphtheria, small pox,  typhoid, tuberculosis, whooping cough, croup and measles. Family cemeteries record how diseases often took several children at a time. Child birth was also a cause for many deaths.

During the winter months, Ice was cut from streams and hauled in wagons to be stored and packed with sawdust and straw in underground ice houses ready for a hot summer day. Root cellars under the houses kept foods fresh. Potatoes and cabbage were often buried. Kraut was made in the fall and kept in barrels.

Peddlers were important to the residents because they brought pots and pans needles and thread bolts of material shoestrings and patent medicines to cure any ailment.

After the Revolutionary War life and furnishings became less crude . By 1815 only 23 persons owned clocks 32 had bookcases, 39 had watches and one owned a mirror over one foot high. As houses improved in the 1840's, many two storied homes still of logs were built. There were two separate bedrooms one for boys and one for girls. Each had a separate stairway. Water was sometimes piped from springs through hollow logs.

Electricity came to the area in 1926 and replaced the kerosene lamp. Radios added another dimension in the 1920s. Finally St Elizabeth Hospital opened in 1924.

~ from Giles County, Virginia History - Families, Research Committee, Giles County Historical Society, 1982. Eighth printing, 2007. 440pp. with index, p. 5.


CFA Genealogy


U. S. Joseph Callaway Line

Memories of a Nebraska Childhood
Lone Pine, CA
October 1984
by Elizabeth Callaway

Part II

Christmas Trees and all the rest . . .

Christmas has always been an Extra Special Day for our family. Christmas and the 4th of July were the only two holidays we recognized, on opposite sides of the circle of the year. And two of us had Christmas birthdays, my brother Marion and I, separated by 9 years.  If a child to whom a year is an eternity (or a quarter of his lifetime) has spent 364 days waiting for a Special Day, watching other children have birthdays in April or June or July, Christmas is like a four layer cake with bells on! And the family members all worked to foster this illusion.

Christmas Eve was nothing special. . and I always wondered at the friends who expected great things of the Night Before Christmas. Silly things!

But Christmas morning. . it was impossible to make it out of bed before the parents did; they were farmers accustomed to 4:30 and 5 a.m. rising. . even after years of living in town.  There was the tree. .pristine, unexpected, unpromised. .sprung from the living room floor grown overnight to a ceiling-touching height. And strung with tinsel and tinseled ornaments that became familiar over the years. .and lighted by candles based in little tin reflector, wax-catching cups. Surrounded by packages. .none of which were to be touched, pinched, evaluated, until after breakfast.

At noon we drove to Grandpa's, for dinner. And Aunt Aggie always came out the door onto the chilly front porch, calling "Christmas gift. .Christmas gift!" (That was remnant of Grandma's Virginia customs. .I think we were supposed to have an extra gift to hand the person who first said "Christmas gift". . but we never did recognize this fact. I always felt faintly embarrassed, like a person ignorant of a language who is coyly addressed in a way that demands an answer. .in the unknown tongue).

Grandpa's never, to my knowledge, had a Christmas tree. .presents were arranged in the icy-cold parlor, ready for handing around. And two lovely molded reindeer were arranged on the sideboard, only at Christmas time (whatever became of those treasures?). Father had told me that when he was small, the youngest of 8 children, Christmas gifts consisted of an orange, the only one of the year, and a pair of mittens knitted by their mother. .each child receiving the same assortment.

After the present exchanging, and the marvelous meal in the chilly dining room (between the kitchen heated by the wood stove and the front room heated by the base burner consuming coal), we visited until late afternoon. Then we drove around by Aunt Lola's house. .and an exchange of presents with Mother's family.

Then home to a cold house. .where the coal furnace, or heating stove or whatever, had burned low to let the winter chill creep in.

Sign of Christmas-coming: Christmas carols at Sunday School, and the lessons of Advent; the seasonal candies that mother always made. .the date roll, in particular; the quiver of anticipation in the air; the school program.

Mother . . .

My mother was never, I believe, physically strong. All of her sisters were, in middle-age, putting on flesh. None were "fat" but all comfortably rounded. While Mother was always skin-and-bones. The years on the farm, at mid-morning, she would drink a glass of country milk, which produced a layer of cream even after "separating", combined with country cream which was thick enough to stand in the spoon; always she hoped to gain a pound or even two. To my knowledge she never weighed over 100 pounds and she stood at 5 feet 6 inches.

At some time in her high school years, the doctor had told her mother "don't expect to raise her beyond high school". . And Grandma had responded by sending her out to Norton County, Kansas, to spend a year with the aunts, uncles, and cousins who lived across the county as wheat farmers. Being away from school may in itself have been painful, but she did make lifelong friends. .and moved easily through the generations of full and half-blood relations. It took me years to sort them out (mostly keying into physical characteristics. .as the daughter of a purebred cattle-breeder should?) and still I need to go back to the "family tree" drawing occasionally.

(Are children of divorce really that unique? A hundred years ago women died in childbirth, wore out at 35 or 40, died of whatever virus or infection came along. .and men died from violence or disease or overwork. . .and the survivors remarried and went on building families)

With Mother's 2nd child, the family doctor advised that she come back to Fairbury from Cheyenne for the lying-in. .I believe she had done that for the first, as well. It was the care after the birth that was considered necessary. .as I heard it.

And that same doctor, Albert Lynch, would have preferred that she have no more children. When I announced my imminent departure (egress? entrance?) Mother was frosting a birthday cake for Marion. .and did not allow time to go to the hospital. Dr Lynch came to the house (the Chamber's Place. .farm west of town. .1 mile south and 1 mile east of Con's farm), and someone told me that Aunt Lola came, standing in the buggy and whipping poor black Ribbon into a lather. I was born on Christmas Day so it was not an interminable labor. .but we were taken to the hospital after.

Mother spent some time (a week? or two?) in the hospital. .and made a longtime friend of Nurse Kraus, and also learned the way of making beds with mitered corners. .that makes the sheets so secure they never pull out but your toes grow cramped and curly!

During this stay, at any rate, in the hospital bed, Mother said she felt herself "slipping away" and that she floated above the bed looking down at herself in the bed and the Dr and the nurses. .and thinking how peaceful she was going. And the nurse said "Mrs Callaway, you can't go. .you have a baby, a tiny baby, that needs you". .and she gave up, and came back.

Since then I have read books on "Life after Life". .and have been struck by similar experiences confessed to Doctors. . Mother was never fanciful, or given to dressing up her own feelings. And I am certain that this story was as she experienced it, and as she remembered. She was always a truth-teller (a Sagittarian!)

I wonder if she ever regretted having forced herself back into life. .if she had gone on, she would have spared herself many years of really hard work on the farm, and the long dying of her sister Sertha, and the disintegration (too strong a word) and suicide of her 2nd son, and the long isolation of her last years as a house-bound old lady on an isolated farm. . . She lived to be 86. .the girl who might not live to graduate from high school.

~ Last month - Part I
~ Next month - Part III

Other C/K Lines
I would like to thank Robert Callaway for sharing this family information with us. His Callaway line descends from the Callaways of Stratford Upon Avon.


I am including a Descendant report of my grandfather Ezra Callaway. He is a descendant of Samuel H. Callaway who was mentioned in your April 2005 Volume VI No. 4 eNewsletter.
My Dad John Callaway recently died and in his photos there is a christening picture of his older sister Josephine and a young child, a Robert Callaway.  Date on the back says Robert was born Sept. 1913.  I believe this must be a son of  Ezra's brothers either Herbert R. or John H.  But I can not find a record of a Robert Callaway being born in 1913?  Any thoughts?

Another mystery I found was that Samuel H. Callaway's wife was listed as Julia Harrington, but I am pretty sure that her name was Julia Harrison.  I have in my records (somewhere) an obituary from a newspaper.

Robert Callaway
rkcallaway at

Descendant Report

Ezra Samuel Callaway

b. 1879, Orion, Henry, IL, USA

d. 1965, West Hollywood, CA, USA

& Grace Ella Kendall

b. 8 May 1881

d. 1960

| Josephine Callaway

| b. 1910

| d. 1990

| Barbara Callaway

| b. 1918

| d. 2000

| John Kendall Callaway

| b. 17 Mar 1920, Hollywood, CA

| d. 26 Jan 2013, San Diego, CA

| & Opal Jean Griffith

| b. 10 Aug 1924, Oneil, Nebraska

| d. 13 Sep 1998, Rossmor, CA, USA

Add'l Information - 2/10/2013

My brother found in my dad's papers, that indeed there was a Robert Callaway born in 1913 and then died around the age of 2.  

I would like to thank Doug McWhirter for sharing the following family information with us.

I am responding to Don Kellaway’s item in the recent Callaway Family Association Newsletter (Feb 2013) regarding George Kelloway.

His article about The Early Drummers doesn’t contain sufficient information to enable us to be certain of George’s identity. Based on the time frame, the geographic location and the names and vocations of the various parties in the article, however, it is highly probable that George was my wife’s (Roberta Kellaway’s) grandfather. If so, George was born in 1870 in Portsea, Hants and came to Canada as a young man, settling first in Brandon, Manitoba and later in Nelson, B.C.

He was the youngest of four children and left his older brother and sister in England. Another brother, Charles, went to New Zealand in 1900 and, for reasons unknown, appended “Seton” to his family name. His descendants in New Zealand continue to be known as Kellaway-Seton.

Their earliest known ancestors were George Calway and Anne Stevens. George and Anne were married in Ilminster, Somerset, England on 5 Nov., 1679 and had two known children, George (baptised 14 Nov. 1680) and Robin (born 1685). Their descendants were detailed a few years ago in this Newsletter but I’ll be pleased to hear from anyone who has an interest in this branch of the family.

Douglas McWhirter
dougmcw at
, Canada

The following article about Joseph Kellaway was submitted by CFA Member, Warwick Kellaway of New Zealand. Joseph was his great grandfather's brother.

JOSEPH KELLAWAY and the Victoria Cross

Joseph Kellaway, who was to win one of the first Naval Victoria Crosses in the Crimean War, was the third son, sixth child of ten of John and Phoebe (nee Fever) Kellaway, Dairyman and Carpenter of Dorset.

He was baptised at Stinsford on 13 August 1826.

As a Dairyman John had moved his family around various villages in Dorset, and Joseph was recorded at Buckland Newton, aged 14 in the 1841 census. That year he joined the Royal Navy.

Joseph apparently adjusted his age, as his Naval records, and headstone, record his birth year as 1824.

The same year 1841 his elder brother Thomas had joined the Army. Thomas was later to serve at the 1857 Indian Mutiny, as a Troop Sergeant-major in the 9th Lancers Cavalry Regiment.

Their younger brother Nathanial joined the Royal Navy in 1846. He was recorded serving on HMS Amphrite at San Francisco in 1850, but was invalided out of the Navy in 1857, and died the next year, aged 30. He had joined the RN using his father's name, John.

Joesph's eldest brother Henry became a Butcher, brother Alfred an Outdoor Customs Officer. Marian/John emigrated to New Zealand to beome a Carpenter.

Joseph was serving on HMS Cornwallis on the China Station in 1842. The Opium War ended that year.

He married Hannah Cleverly at Portsea on 28 December 1853 and, as Boatswain 3rd class, joined HMS Wrangler, a 477 ton, two gun paddle-steamer gunboat, launched on 19 June 1854.

In 1853 Russia had been seeking to expand into Europe and the Middle East. And to close off the Black Sea to others at the narrow Bosphorus Strait. Warnings from France, Britain and the Ottoman Turks were ignored, and in 1854 they declared war, invading the Crimean peninsular. After several battles, at the Alma, Balaclava, and Inkerman, the Naval Port of Sebastopol was cut off, and in 1856 Russia capitulated. .

On 9 December 1854 the Wrangler sailed for the Black Sea. Lieut Commander Hugh Talbot Burgoyne VC who had only recently won his VC on 29 May, as a Lieutenant on HMS Swallow, took command of the ship on 15 June 1855 . Shortly afterwards they were patrolling the Sea of Azov.

Deep in Russian territory (today the Ukraine) the Sea of Azov is a large, shallow, almost landlocked area of water to the north east of the Black Sea. The entrance was narrow, and being of shallow draught and steam powered, the Wrangler was evidently engaged to clear enemy coastal shipping.

On 31 August, while near Marioupol, at the far northern edge of the Sea, towards Rostov, a shore party comprising the Mate Mr Odevaine, Boatswain Joseph Kellaway, and three seamen, were sent ashore to burn enemy boats, fishing stations and haystacks. Nearly at their target, they were ambushed by over 50 Russian soldiers, who endeavoured to cut off their escape. One man was captured, but the others were getting away, when the Mate tripped and fell. Thinking he had been shot, Joseph ran back to assist him.

They were surrounded, and after an apparently vigorous struggle, made prisoner. Surprisingly perhaps they were not shot, but remained Prisoners of War until the end of the War in 1856.

The whole was observed by Commander Burgoyne, who furnished the particulars for the award: “I was myself an observer of the zeal, galantry, and self-devotion that characterised Mr Kellaway's conduct”.

Joseph Kellaway was presented with the Victoria Cross by Queen Victoria, at Hyde Park London on Friday 26 June 1857, after Commander Burgoyne received his At the first presntation, 62 men received the award, representing the Royal Navy, with others from the Royal Marines, and the British Army Regiments.

12 were from the Royal Navy, being in the “senior service”, and Joseph was the seventh recipient.

Joseph and Hannah Kellaway had two daughters, Hannah Phoebe born 29 May 1857, baptised 2 April 1859 at Portsea, and Ada Emma who was also baptised on 2 April 1859. . Sadly little Ada died in her first year. Hannah Phoebe died in 1890, unmarried, her mother Hannah died in 1909.

In 1861 Joseph was Boatswain 1st class on HMS Clio in Guaymas Harbour on the west coast of Mexico.

From 1870-1878 he was Chief Boatswain of Chatham Dockyard in England.

Joseph Kellaway died on 2 October 1880, and is buried in Maidstone Road Cemetery, Chatham, Kent.

The maltese cross medals, initially cast from melted down Russian guns, were/are inscribed “For Valour”. Royal Navy medals until 1918 used a blue ribbon. The Army, and all sevices today, have crimson.

It remains the highest award for gallantry available to British subjects, and members of the British Empire and Commonwealth; taking precedence over all others. Only 1360 medals have ever been awarded, many postumously, at the later Indian Mutiny, New Zealand Land Wars, Zulu and Boer Wars, First and Second World Wars, Korea, Malaysia, Viet Nam, the Falklands, and Afganistan.

22 have been won by New Zealanders. Only 3 bars to the Victoria Cross have ever been won, only one in combat, to NZEF Captain Charles Upham in the Second World War. NZSAS Corporal “Willie” Apiata won the VC in Afganistan in 2007.

It is not known who inherited Joseph Kellaway's medals. The Victoria Cross, and his Legion d'honneur, awarded by the French Government.

The Victoria Cross was apparently sold by a ”family member” for £2100 in August 1971, but the names of those involved are unknown.

It seems possible a member of his wife's Cleverly family may have sold the medal, or possibly the family of one of his brothers, the eldest, Henry, or Alfred. Apart from a son of Henry, who has not been traced, neither of whom are however thought to have left male descendants.

Thomas apparently had no family, and it is perhaps unlikely to have passed to the family of one of Joseph's sisters..

I would have known if his brother Marian had the medal.

My great grandfather, later known as John (John Marron Fever Kellaway) was Joseph Kellaway's brother.

He died in New Zealand in 1923, aged 93.

John Warwick Kellaway
February 2013

See picture of Joseph Kellaway, and information about the Victoria Cross at Find A Grave here:

Who Am I ?

"Mystery Calaway" Edmund/Edward Calaway of Perry Co., IL and Linn Co., MO

It is reported in a history of Perry Co., IL that a family named Calaway moved into the territory in the late 1820s. The name does not appear on census records until 1840.

On June 12, 1834, Perry Co., IL, Edmund Calaway married Sarah Karr, the daughter of Robert and Naomi Karr. In 1837, Edmund bought 39,54 acres from the Federal Gov't. located in Sec 31 Township 4S Range 1, which he and wife, Sarah, sold to John P. Drake of New Orleans, LA. In 1843 they purchased land in Linn Co., MO from Samuel and Agnes Tomb. Edmund is listed on the census records of Linn Co., MO for the years 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880.

Some confusion is created by Edmund's name. Apparently Edmund is the correct name as that is the one used on his tombstone. However, some early records show the name as Edward. No doubt this is a problem created by early clerks and transcribers. Edmund Calaway's origins are not known. Census records are consistent in saying that he was born about 1800 in Virginia. There is an Edward Callaway shown on the 1820 and 1830 census of Giles Co., VA who could possibly he identical with Edmund of Perry Co., IL, and Linn Co., MO. The 1840 census of Perry Co., indicates that Edmund had children born much earlier than his marriage to Sarah Karr in 1834. The family on the 1840 census, Perry Co., IL compares favorably with the listing in Giles Co., VA in 1830. Therefore, it is possible that Edmund Edward Callaway was married first in Giles Co., VA.

Records further indicate that Edmund had a son, James (Jack) Henry Calaway, born about 1825 in Virginia. He married Milly Almira Tolson, Nov. 5, 1847, Linn Co., MO, and they are on the census of Linn Co. for the years 1860, 1870 and 1880.

~ originally published in the 1984 CFA Journal, p. 76.

Who Am I ?

"Mystery Calaway" Henry Calaway of Washington Co., IL

Henry Calaway was the sire of all persons whose names are spelled Calaway, Callaway or Calloway in Washington Co., IL. He married there on April 23, 1838 Elizabeth Carr by whom he had one child:
1. Minerva B. Callaway, b. c1839

Elizabeth must have died at childbirth or soon after, for Henry Calaway married Mrs. Hannah Norris Pitchford on March 3, 1841, in Washington Co. His children by Hannah were:
2. Hugh Callaway, b. 1842
3. Mary Callaway, b. 1844
4. Francis Callaway, b. 1848
5. Nancy Callaway, b. 1850
6. Henry Callaway, b. 1852
7. Edward Callaway, b. 1855
8. Jemima C. Callaway, b. 1859

Henry is found in the census records of Washington Co., IL, for the years 1850, 1860 and 1870. In 1880 he was enumerated in Perry Co., IL. The census records indicate that he was born about 1820-1821 in Virginia. In 1874 in Perry Co. Henry filed for divorce from his wife, Hannah Norris Pitchford, at which time he gave his age as 53 years. At the time of the divorce he settled all his land on his children.

About 1874 Henry married his third wife, Mary Rogers Norris in Franklin Co., IL. Mary was the widow of Asberry Norris, a brother of Hannah Norris Pitchford. This marriage ended in divorce in 1895. The record of Henry's death has not been found, but it is believed he is buried in Little Prairie Cemetery, Washington Co., IL. The names of the parents of Henry Calaway are not known, however it is possible that he was a son of Edmund Edward Calaway of Perry Co., IL.

~ originally published in the 1984 CFA Journal, pp. 75-6.

Who Am I ?

"Mystery Callaway" Thomas H. Callaway of Illinois and Kentucky

Thomas H. Callaway is first found on the tax records of Christian Co., KY and married there on April 22, 1822, Susan Daniel. In 1840 he was found on the census of Washington Co., IL. He served as Clerk of Washington County for about nine years until 1849 when he returned to Trigg Co., KY. He was enumerated on the 1850 census of Trigg County (next to Achilles Callaway) as aged 52, born in VA with the occupation of "teacher". His wife was Rebecca, aged 51, born in Kentucky, and the household also included Eliza J. Callaway aged 26, born in KY and Minerva, aged 9 born in IL.

In 1860, Thomas H. Callaway had returned to Randolph Co., IL (a county which borders Washington Co. on the west), where he was enumerated on the census as "City Marshall". There does not appear to be any connection between the families of Thomas H. Callaway and Edmund Calaway or no proof has been found.

~ originally published in the 1984 CFA Journal, p. 76.


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Query Corner
If you think you may have ancestry in common, why not try to contact the query submitter. Perhaps you can start a dialogue and share family information.


Query # 597
Subject – Amos Calloway born about 1847 in Mississippi
Submitter - Karen McEntire 
email - skmlm at

Hello Donna,
My Great Grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Black left South Carolina after the civil war and came to Arkansas and Married Amos Calloway.  The spelling is different.  When she was a widow she married Mr Copeland.  Her first child and daughter is my grandmother Martha ( Mattie) Calloway McEntire.  I did not meet my grandmother or great grandmother.  I have one photograph of Mary Elizabeth.

I believe  my great grandmother Mary Elizabeth Black Calloway Copeland  was born in Greenville South Carolina area in 1857. Her father was Abraham Black and mother was named Mary also.  Mary Elizabeth had a sister named Martha  plus she named my grandmother Martha (Mattie).

However I found a family on and they have her connected  to a father named Thomas A Black and Mother Nancy Gladney  from Winnsboro Fairfield county South Carolina.  I would like to know the truth and know where she is buried. I would like to know if she has a Native American heritage. I have requested death records in Arkansas.  I have a record of a Mary Elizabeth Copeland - Death Dec 19, 1916.

Thank you for your help.

Query # 598
Subject -
Voris O. Callaway
Submitter - Ed Clendenin
email - mo2tx2az92 at

Donna: I found your web page which included a bio of Voris Callaway ( I am the historian for the 376 Bombardment Group which flew missions from Italy during World War II. The group had a navigator by the name of Voris O. Calloway, who was involved in 2 accidents. The last of those accidents was on a mission to Ploesti. It sounds like your bio fits the description of our Voris. If you have any additional info about the unit your Voris served with, I would be happy to exchange info.
Ed Clendenin
376 Veterans Association

Query # 599
Subject -
Callaway/Penning family connections
Submitter - Kris Dunlap
email - memee at

Hello from Illinois  My name is Kris Dunlap, and I am a direct descendent of Jacob Penning.  Jacob Penning’s son Charles William Penning was my grandfather. I read through your pages on the Callaways and have some information that may fill in the blanks.  Jacob Penning married Ella Louise Hamrick  on 6/12/1887   They had four children Mary b 1888, Minnie b 1890 Charles ( who was my grandfather) b 1895 and John b 1896.  Charles Penning ( Jacob’s son) grandparents on his mother’s side was John Hamrick. 

Charles’ great grandparents were Josiah Isaiah Callaway born 12/5/1806 in Virginia and died 4/12/1849 in Illinois.  Lettice (Letisha) Blankenship was his wife they had 3 children   William Ira b 1826  d 1879, Benjamin Franklin  b 1827, Mary Jane b 1833 died 1880  Josiah D born 1836 died 1857.  In 1839 Josiah Callaway then married Susannah Quick and they had 4 children  Mary, Catherine  b 1845, Moses b 1846 d 1877 and Elizabeth b 1847 d 1872. 

Charles Penning’s great great grandparents on his mother’s side were   Elijah W Callaway  b 1776 d 1838  Elizabeth Pack b 1786  d 1870  ( In 1870 after the death of Elijah) Elizabeth married a Joel Cooper. 

Charles ggg grandparents on mother’s side were  Isaiah Callaway  b 1754  in Delaware died  1815 in Virginia.

Sarah Saunders b 1759  d 1776  they were married on 10-20-1775. 

I hope this helps fill in any blanks you might have.

Query # 600
Subject -
Elizabeth Callaway wife of Talmon Wright Harbour
Submitter - Laula Reed Ashley
email - laulaashley at

It is often mistakenly thought that this Elizabeth Callaway was the daughter of Richard Callaway of Boonesborough fame. I am a descendant of this Elizabeth Callaway. Does anyone have any information about who her parents actually were?
Thank you, Laula

Descendants of Talmon Wright Harbour

Generation No. 1

1. TALMON WRIGHT1 HARBOUR was born Abt. 1755 in Halifax Co., VA, and died 1824 in Perry Co., AL. He married ELIZABETH CALLAWAY. She was born Abt. 1770 in VA, and died Aug 1835 in Perry Co., AL.

Notes for TALMON WRIGHT HARBOUR: Some information on this family line submitted to CFA by Laula R. Ashley 2/2013. shows they had 13 children.

Virginia Census, 1607-1890
Name: Talman Harbour
State: VA
County: Halifax County
Township: No Township Listed
Year: 1779
Record Type: Rent Role
Page: NPN
Database: VA Early Census Index

Alabama, County Probate Records 1830-1976
name: Tallman Harbour
also known as:
probate estate file name: Tallman Harbour
event: Probate
event place: Perry County, Alabama
event year: 1832
other name(s) with file:
film number: 1509095
digital folder number: 004989002
first digital image number: 684
last digital image number: 722
number of images: 39
note: 53-014-0688


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